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24 Hour Furniture Makeover

24 Hour Furniture Makeover

I couldn’t resist it.

I had sworn off picking up any new “street” furniture until I found homes for my previous captures.

But there it was.  All forlorne by the side of the road in downtown los angeles.  I just knew it would end up in a gang if I didn’t intervene.Little Red Dresser Before

So I stuffed it in my car and home we went.

But, time was short!  I had to get this baby up and running in time for the Little French Market.  And thus began the 24 hour furniture makeover.

First problem:  You many notice a minor missing part in the photo above.  When I picked it up there was a pile of wood on the bottom.  I had assumed this was the drawer all broken down.  I had assumed wrong!  It was just a bonus pile of random wood.  Thanks!  OK, so no drawer.  How do you lose a whole drawer in a dresser that only has three?  I mean, I’ve had problem furniture before but I never just chucked the drawer!  Whatever.  I decided to think about that later.

I did a quick cleaning with TSP and a light sanding.

I knew I wanted the real wood to show through in spots so I rubbed that candle along the edges.  I know!  Who would have guessed!!! (for those of you new to the blog I’m being sarcastic – this is my pony’s one trick)Furniture Makeover Apply Wax to Edges

I was in a hurry (24 hours!) so spray paint to the rescue.  In my case OSH brand spray primer.

I used a grey primer because I was told long ago that grey primer is ideal under red paint as it makes the red truer.Furniture Makeover Prime with Grey

I gave that about an hour to dry and then top-coated with Painters Choice Colonial Red and left it all to dry overnight.Furniture Makeover Two Coats of Colonial Red

A little sanding took off the paint down to the real wood (thanks to the wax).

For the absent drawer I just decided to cut a piece of MDF, paint it red, distress it a bit and pop it in.

A quick coat of wax gave everything a nice depth of color and smooth finish and I was done!Little Red Dresser Makeover Complete After

Just in time.LIttle Red Dresser After

Off it went to the Little French Market and off it went to a new home later in the day.tutorialsandtips

About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

24 responses »

  1. That is tooo Cute! Wished it was in my home! 🙂

  2. I really need to just follow you around town. Either that,or just sit in your drive way and wait until you get home.;)

  3. Katia Parreira

    I loved the 24 hours furniture makeover!

  4. “I just knew it would end up in a gang…” is the most awesome excuse I’ve heard yet:) Great job and quick thinking for the missing drawer.

  5. Amazing!

  6. Gorgeous!! I meant to ask you. Have you had the chance to try Minwax Wood Filler? Works just like bondo, but easier to shape.

  7. I gotta say, if the drawer is missing perhaps it is a good thing for you…I shudder to think what might have been in the drawer that made it unworthy even to be left at the curb…count your blessings! Besides you made a great looking and useful piece without it!!!

  8. Lovely. And funny. Good combo.

  9. Awesome!! We call this road kill pieces for you could ummm get hurt in the quick stop to retrieve that fine piece dumped on the edge of the rode!! It used to be wrenches I’d find all the time…you’re very very lucky yours made you $$!!!!!!

  10. Very pretty! How do you know where to sand off the paint to make it look so nice?

    • It’s pretty much totally random. I think the trick is knowing when to stop rather than knowing where to sand if that makes sense? I’ve occasionally overdone it and needed to go back and repaint.

  11. I have been reading your blog off and on for month or two. Today I sat down and read it from end to beginning! Good thing that I was at work so I was getting paid for it! I love your sense of humor and I learned a lot, as well! Now I officially became a follower! Lead on!

  12. Forgot to mention that I live in Minnesota. If I was near LA, I would be glad to be one of your minions!

  13. Darci Salinas

    Ohioan here. Good thing for you, cause I would likely be your stalker if I lived in CA. I love your creations and get some great ideas that I dream of doing myself. (but probably never will) AND best of all, you always make me laugh! Thx!

  14. This is a beauty…. You have a gift! I can so relate to your blurb where you are in stores and think about making rather than buying. Just a matter of getting down to it! Thanks for the inspiration. And for helping to keep gang activity under control.

  15. You really do beautiful work. I would love to leave my full time job and do what you do. I really just need to find a venue to sell my make overs. I will be checking out your blog often.


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